Al Jazeera coming soon to a television set near you

Al Jazeera may be coming to the U.S. in an English form, but don't be fooled, the network is still a conduit for the global jihadist movement. Photo: Bob Taylor

CHARLOTTEJanuary 5, 2013 – Anyone who has ever watched the Arabic edition of Al Jazeera knows there is absolutely nothing that makes it a legitimate news organization or anything other than a voice for Islamic jihad. And, no, you do not have to speak Arabic to understand its message. The pictures speak for themselves.

As Pamela Geller writes, “Al Jazeera is the leading terrorist propaganda organization in the world.”

Former Muslim Brotherhood member turned peace activist, Walid Shoebat, agrees. “A decade ago, Al Jazeera’s flagship Arabic-language channel was reviled by American politicians for showing videotapes from Al Qaeda members and sympathizers.”

In 2003, shortly after the outset of the first Iraq War, the network televised a lengthy, unedited clip of an Iraqi soldier in a roomful of dead American soldiers. The Iraqi went from body to body kicking the dead soldiers, mocking them and gloating over their bodies. On at least one occasion, he placed his boot on a soldier and looked directly into the camera with his rifle raised in the air.

The video wasn’t seen in the United States, for obvious reasons.

Al Jazeera is the organization that former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, and co-founder and CEO of Current TV, Joel Hyatt, claimed to The Wall Street Journal that “was founded with the same goals we had for Current…to give voice to those whose voices are not typically heard.”

It is difficult to dispute Hyatt’s point of view. Everyone knows that Al Jazeera has been the primary conduit for years whenever a terrorist organization has a message it wants to get out to the public. Osama bin Laden regularly used the Qatar-based broadcasting organization as his personal point of access to the Western world. It is global terrorism that represents Hyatt’s so-called “unheard voices.”

Perhaps most interesting about the hypocrisy of Current’s sale was noted by John Nolte. “The odd thing is that the ideology Al Jazeera attempts to spin into something mainstream stands for everything leftists like the New York Times say they loath. It’s no secret that Islamists subjugate women, fight for a theocracy, and despise gays.”

Yet, according to Hyatt, Al Jazeera and Current “have the same goals.”

All of this is being done to create “greater understanding” of the complex global world in which we live. It is the same doubletalk Americans have been listening to for so long that we can no longer remember the last time we heard the truth from anyone.

By providing Al Jazeera with an English broadcasting outlet in the United States, we are attempting to make ourselves feel better by exhibiting “tolerance” to the least tolerant group of people on the face of the earth. Have we learned nothing from 9/11/01, or more recently, Benghazi?

Argue against expressing diversity by allowing all points of view to be heard and the immediate reaction from the Left is that the Right is against freedom of speech. Doubletalk. Gobbledy-gook. It had nothing whatsoever to do with freedom of speech.

Therein lies the problem, and the reason why the November election was so dangerous to the destruction of the fabric of the American way of life.

No longer is it necessary to fly planes into buildings to infiltrate the West. Such attacks will continue, of course, because they are dramatic and keep the public on edge. The reality, however, is that endorsing such organizations as Al Jazeera in the name of “understanding” or “diversity” or whatever you want to call it, merely gives them another invisible means of undermining Western societies.

Germany is already feeling the pressure of Islamization as pointed out in this column last month. France, the most Islamic country in Western Europe, has similar problems.

Former Nightline correspondent, David Marash, left his position at Al Jazeera in 2008 because the network had taken an increasingly anti-American stance. What is amazing is that Al Jazeera could become even more anti-American than it was already.

Are we to believe that a softening of its tone for the U.S. audience will make Al Jazeera more compatible to Americans? Do we honestly believe that changing the way it presents the news will alter its philosophy? Do we not see a pattern?

These are the same lies and deceptions we hear time and again, yet we still fall for the same old mumbo jumbo.

Have Americans become so gullible that we can no longer see the problem staring us in the face? Or are we just that ignorant?

Al Jazeera may soon be coming to your television set. The words will be in English and the crawls at the bottom of the screen will go from right to left instead of left to right. The video images won’t be as graphic as they are in the Middle East, and the words will be softer. But the messages might as well be in Arabic, because most Americans won’t understand them anyway or even know they are  happening.

Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.













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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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